Danville Express

Community Pulse - December 7, 2007

Teacher sniffs out pot-smoking teen

Police arrested a 16-year-old junior at Monte Vista High School in Danville for allegedly carrying marijuana on the school grounds last week, said police Sgt. Troy Craig.

A teacher sent the juvenile to the assistant principal's office after smelling marijuana on the suspect Tuesday, Nov. 27. Police arrived at the high school at 12:30 p.m., according to reports, and saw the boy had bloodshot, watery eyes and they smelled the drug.

"He was very slow in his responses to the officer's questions," Craig said.

Upon further investigation, the police found marijuana in the boy's shoes.

"This is a common amount when we catch high school kids with this stuff," Craig said.

The youth had been on probation before for possessing an illegal substance. He was placed under arrest, given a citation, and released to his mother.

Craig said it's important for people to be proactive when they see potential disruptive behaviors, such as taking drugs.

"The teacher wasn't afraid to step up and take action on it," he said. "So many times people ignore these situations."

-Jordan M. Doronila


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